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Becky Hammon coaching confusion ensues after Gregg Popovich ejection

Tim Duncan was back in charge in San Antonio and the Spurs were flourishing under his leadership again — but not without some confusion. CJ McCollum scored 32 points and the Trail Blazers beat the Spurs 121-116 on Saturday night in San Antonio to spoil Duncan’s first shot at coaching, 13 games into his first season on the bench, following Gregg Popovich’s ejection. Popovich’s exit sparked social media to assume Becky Hammon, who is in her sixth season as a Spurs assistant and listed after Popovich on the team’s website, would become acting coach and the first woman to lead an NBA team. Even NBC Sports’ official Twitter account tweeted “Becky Hammon running the Spurs bench after Gregg Popovich gets ejected.” Others, su ...